Here’s a fun fact about Akil Thomas, one of the heroes from Canada’s gold medal game against Russia at the World Juniors: When he isn’t potting game-winning goals with a championship on the line, he also operates his own clothing company, Zale Apparel.




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Thomas was recently the subject of a TSN feature that went in-depth on Zale Apparel and his entrepreneurship off the ice.

He founded Zale with his friend, Ethan Low (who plays lacrosse for Brock University), when they as 13-year-olds, and launched a sweater designed in collaboration with OHL team, the Niagara IceDogs, in December.

After Thomas scored to win World Juniors gold, the brand announced a run of limited edition gear to come soon.


How many people can say that they own something designed by a World Juniors hero? Definitely a flex.

Thomas was drafted 51st overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2018, and especially now after his come-to-fame moment, we’re sure that he’s only getting busier and busier. It’s definitely cool to see that the 20-year-old operating his own business in what spare time he has, too.